Night


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The M42 tank's .50-caliber machine guns up fire - lighting up the hills. The soldiers didn't know there the sniper was - they were hoping to hit him with the massive barrage

Asian moon
Swims fathomless deep.
Star-rivers course
Boundless banks
Of Stygian stream.
Pin-prick flares
Man-made suns,
Spawn brilliant
Glow, sigh, and slowly die
In the black.
Red embers,
Green glows, trace silent
Warplane’s
Distant flight.
Death sparkles
Brilliant diamond
Artillery flashes
Dancing, darting,
To distant drums.

Curt Bennett
Copyright Curt Bennett © 2003

Afghanistan: A Look Back On America’s Longest War


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KABUL – With the stroke of midnight last night marking the end of NATO’s joint combat mission in Afghanistan, Duffel Blog looks back on 13 roller-coaster years of history that gripped a nation and forged a generation of American heroes and FOBBITs: Read more

A FRENCH SOLDIER’S VIEW OF US SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN


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None of us should be surprised!

What follows is an account from a French ISAF soldier that was stationed with American Warfighters in Afghanistan sometime in the past 4 years.  This was copied and translated from an editorial French newspaper.

A NOS FRERES D’ARMES AMERICAINS

“We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while – they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know them, and we henceforth know that we have the honor to live with one of the most renowned units of the US Army – one that the movies brought to the public as series showing “ordinary soldiers thrust into extraordinary events”. Who are they, those soldiers from abroad, how is their daily life, and what support do they bring to the men of our OMLT every day? Few of them belong to the Easy Company, the one the TV series focuses on. This one nowadays is named Echo Company, and it has become the support company.  Read more

Image of the Day: 1 January 2015


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B-17 Bomber The Memphis Bell

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